Friday, 28 July 2017

Guest Blog: Scarlett’s Jane Iredale Tantasia Review

Confession time, my name is Scarlett, and I am a fake-tan-aholic. In my battle against my pale skin I have tried countless fake tan products, from spray on mist tans to mousses and everything in between! I have tried both cheap and high-end products in my quest for the perfect natural looking glow and had my fair share of tan disasters along the way…

It was last year that Kathy first introduced me to the Jane Iredale fake tan, Tantasia. I have to admit, I was sceptical that a product with all-natural ingredients would be able to give me the colour I craved (I like to look like I have a tan rather than a subtle glow!) but I decided to give it a try.

I initially tried applying this tan with gloves but soon found the silky formula applied more evenly using my tanning mit. As I worked the product into my skin it deposited a guide colour that was a beautiful golden shade and very different from some of the very obvious fake tan shades I have been used to! Infact the colour was so gorgeous that after allowing it a few minutes to dry I was able to get dressed and show off my new glow. The guide colour meant I didn’t miss any bits too and have tell tale signs that my tan was fake!

What I also noticed immediately about Tantasia was the scent. If you have used fake tan products before you will know that no matter how they try and disguise the developing scent there is an unmistakable aroma of biscuits as your tan develops, but not with Tantasia. Tantasia has a beautiful fruity scent that is completely different from any fake tan I have ever used, and best of all it didn’t change through the day.

After allowing the Tantasia a full 8 hour development time I showered and removed the guide colour. My final tan was a beautiful natural shade that made me look as though I had just returned from a fortnight somewhere tropical!

If you are looking for a fake tan product that gives you an even sun kissed look then this is the product you have been looking for. The natural ingredients also leave your skin feeling beautifully smooth and moisturised which I’m sure was the reason the tan lasted so long.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

The Ginger Tree Guide to Beach Ready Pins!

It’s that time again ladies where we are all preparing to slip into a swimsuit and show off our legs on the beach. Now I’m not sure about you, but the thought of this in the past would leave me in a cold sweat and panic, but that was until I developed my own regime for beach ready pins!

Step One

It’s all about the preparation, a few weeks before I hop on a flight I make sure to up my moisturisation and exfoliating regime. This means not only does my skin feel smoother and more supple (top tip, rub the lotion in circular upwards motions and this can really help improve the appearance of stubborn cellulite) but also means for step two, waxing, the hairs are far easier to remove. My top product to use for an intense pre-holiday burst of moisture is Pinks Boutique Lemongrass & Mandarin Body Lotion. The pump bottle makes this perfect for slipping into your suitcase too and not running the risk of product escaping all over your toiletries! For a deep exfoliation you can’t beat the Pinks Boutique Sweet Orange & Neroli Body Salt Scrub, the smell alone will have you longing for the beach!

Step Two

One week before my holiday is when I time my waxes, this means that any slight redness or post wax tenderness has passed and I am still enjoying that gorgeous silky smooth just-waxed feeling! I use very high quality waxes that are less aggressive to the skin and don’t strip away your skins natural moisture and the Perron Rigot hot wax is a whizz at removing even the most stubborn of hairs. Plus all pre and post waxing products are Soil Association registered organic, that really protect and nurture your skin. Now I’m ready for step three…

Step Three

Step three for me is always applying a light layer of the beautiful Jane Iredale Tantasia. This is by far the best fake tan product I have ever used, and for all you porcelain skinned beauties (like me!) it builds to just the right level of natural colour. This is holiday skin in a bottle! Like the Pinks Boutique products this is also wonderfully moisturising (something that can’t be said of all fake tans that are notorious for leaving your skin feeling dry and patchy!) and smells divine. The fruity scent is a breath of fresh air when compared to the typical ‘biscuit’ smell that is true of so many fake tan products on the market.

Step Four

This final step is the most important holiday skin step of all and one that I can’t reiterate enough, and that is to arm yourself with a high quality, physical, not chemical SPF sun cream. My go to product is AlumierMD Sheer Hydration broad spectrum SPF 40 (tinted or untainted) or Clear Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 42 for oily skins. Both are light weight and easy to apply.
So there you have it, four very simple to follow steps that will have you slipping out of your sarong and bearing your pins like the goddess you are!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

#100DayReset programme

I am excited to announce that I am taking part in the revolutionary #100DayReset programme which has been launched by the International Institute for Anti Aging (IIAA) who distribute the Advanced Nutrition Supplements (Feed), Environ Skincare (Fortify) and Jane Iredale Make up (Finish) products.

The idea is that we have a 100 day Programme to help people improve their skin, get into a new routine, receive 3 free treatments during the 100 days and to celebrate progress that is made along the journey. You will also be entered into a competition to win £500 worth of products.
Excitingly Ginger Tree is 1 of only 20 salons selected from the Northern Regions to join this programme!

If you would like to be part of the programme, then email me 3 dates from 26th June onwards, spaced out as follows; We have until October 31st to submit our photos and case studies in order to enter the competition.
  • 0-30 days appointment 1 on Day Zero
  • 30-60 days appointment 2 to be on or around Day Thirty
  • 60-100 days appointment 3 to be on or around Day One Hundred
You will need to leave aside approximately 1-1.5 hours per appointment and you can get involved by using the hashtag #100DayReset on Social Media.

If you would like to join in on this exciting programme get in touch and we can start taking action to help you and your skin go on a journey this summer.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Why should I Double Cleanse?

This is a question my clients often ask me and there are a number of reasons why I would always recommend double cleansing as part of your skincare routine.

One reason that double cleansing is so important is that if you don’t clean your face properly everything else you do as part of your skincare routine will suffer. This is literally the single most important stage in your routine, so take some time to do this properly and your skin will thank you! It also means when you apply your moisturisers and serums your skin is makeup free and they can work their magic!

Double cleansing your skin will ensure you have removed:

  • Eye Makeup
  • SPF
  • Skin Makeup
  • Skin debris and dead cells

How do I do it?

So how do you double cleanse and when is it best to do this? The best time to double cleanse is in the evening and it is a great thing to work into your bedtime routine.

Cleanse One

This first cleanse is focussed on removing eye makeup, spf and foundation. To do this effectively look for a cleanser with a balmy or oily texture, balmy is best. This is an unusual texture but oil fights oil, it breaks through it quicker than anything else.

If you wear heavier eye makeup you might want to first use a damp cotton pad and your balmy cleanser and then balm cleanse the rest of your face. 

A cleanser that is perfect for this is the Pinks Boutique Deep Cleanse Melt for combination and oily skin. If you have sensitive skin or skin that can sometimes be a little dry then opt for something hydrating like the Hydrate Deep Cleanse Melt and for more mature skin you can’t go wrong with the Anti Age Deep Cleanse Melt.

Second Cleanse

In a facial this is the one where we really start to massage and you should do the same. Like your dentist says to clean your teeth for 2 mins, standing and massaging your face for 2 mins each night would be unbelievably beneficial to your skin.

For this stage look for a cleanser that is plant oil based and avoid anything that is thin and watery as this will absorb into your skin with little benefit. Some great cleansers are the Ocha Cleanser, great for normal to dry skin, or the Lemongrass Cleanser that suits combination or oily skin.

Once you have picked your cleanser, massage this all over face and give your skin some love!

After a few minutes remove your cleanser with warm water and your cloth or muslin. Pat your skin dry and then kick in with the rest of your routine.

Should I double cleanse in the morning?

In the morning just one cleanse is absolutely fine, especially when you have given your skin such a deep cleanse the night before!

If you are looking to get the longest life from your makeup during the day, using a balm cleanser will help combat patchy makeup as you surface skin will be smoother!

Is there any product I should avoid?


One of the biggest skincare ‘no no’s I hear clients talk about is using makeup wipes. Makeup wipes not only irritate the skin they also mean you are often smearing the dirt and makeup around your face rather than removing it!

Foaming Cleansers

Foaming cleansers are known to produce that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling, and whilst this can be appealing you need to remember that your skin should never feel squeaky clean. Your skin was never meant to feel squeaky clean. Foam is SLS (sodium Lauryl sulphate), drying, itchy, eczema enraging and just not nice to your skin.

Micellar Waters

Micellar water is the buzz word in beauty at the moment and whilst not necessarily bad for your skin this is just not greasy enough to remove your makeup or SPF.

So cleanse and cleanse again with luscious balm based and plant oil enriched products for truly clean skin – without the squeak!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

An Invitation to meet Rachel Antill the new Yoga Teacher at Ginger Tree

Hello Everyone, I’ve organised a’ meet and greet’ event with the new Yoga teacher Rachel Antill on MONDAY 13th February 1700-1800.

This will be a great opportunity to meet Rachel, hear more about her approach to yoga and what you can expect from her classes and learn more about her work as a Yoga Therapist.

Hot drinks and light refreshments will be available to please RSVP so I can organise catering.

If you can’t come, but would like to put your name down for her first class on Tuesday 28th February 5.30-6.45pm then just let me know.

Thank You.

Kathy x

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Winter Skin: Problems and Solutions

Christmas indulgence and Winter weather, turning up the central heating etc.,  play havoc with our skin. Harsh weather conditions and temperature extremes mean that the skin's natural moisture evaporates more easily and our natural oils become depleted. The product ranges I stock can all help to address these problems for you. If in doubt, just book a skin consultation, 20 minutes free of charge.

1. Diet

Winter diet and eating habits, generally mean an increase in carbohydrates, starchy foods and a reduction in foods providing our skin with essential oils. A rich, carbohydrate diet impacts our circulatory systems, reducing the efficiency of  blood circulation and lymphatic systems. Lack of essential fatty acids in our diet means our skin is less able to retain moisture. Essential fatty acids maintain the integrity of cellular walls and allow transference of waste and water.  So altogether,  these systems can't bring fresh nutrition or remove toxins effectively. The result is dry, dehydrated, congested and dull skin.

2. Lack of Moisture

Skin regenerates on a monthly cycle. It sheds the dead, flattened cells that lie on its surface to make room for new, living cells to rise. If the dead cells don’t shed as quickly as they should, thick, dry skin can form. This further impairs the skin’s normal barrier function. Environmental irritants such as bacteria can then sneak in, causing inflammation.

Some body parts are more prone to dryness than others, depending on their concentration of oil glands. The greatest concentrations are on the face (especially around the forehead and the nose), the chest, and the back, which all tend to have less trouble with dryness. The lower legs have few oil glands, which is why they dry out so easily.

Lips don't have oil glands or a thick, protective outer layer. The lip skin is not hairy and does not have sweat glands.  Therefore, it does not have the usual protection layer of sweat and body oils which keep the skin smooth, inhibit pathogens, and regulate warmth. For these reasons, the lips dry out faster and become chapped more easily.They are also constantly moisturized by saliva, then dried by breathing, which has an evaporation effect. Evaporation also dries out hands (from washing) and feet (from sweating). The thicker skin on elbows and knees has trouble retaining water, and its constant exposure to friction is also drying.

So winter time brings some real challenges for our skin and we need to make adjustments in our skin routine and products.

Here are a few suggestions:
  • Increase your essential fatty acid food intake - eggs, dark green leafy vegetables, walnuts for example - sound like a yummy recipe to me, with just those 3 ingredients, just leave out a rich, creamy sauce!
  • Take some Omega supplements. The Advanced Nutrition Supplement range here in the salon are Skin Omega+ at £28.00.
  • Increase the moisturising step in your daily routine. Add in Environ's Super + Moisturiser, £31.
  • Change your cleanser to a rich balm like Pinks Boutique Hydrating Cleansing Balm or Environ's Youth EssentiA Hydrating Cleanser, Neal's Yard Rose Beauty Balm.
  • Top up your night time routine with a Night Balm or Hydrating Oil Capsules.
  • Start to include a serum underneath your moisturiser, e.g. Neal's Yard Frankinsence Intense Serum or Pinks Boutique Anti Ageing Serum.
  • Book a Hydrating Facial - I recommend the Environ Hydraboost Facial which uses the Focus Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid which holds up to 1000 x its own weight in water, is deeply hydrating, plumps and smoothes.
  • Jane Iredale Lip Drink in Sheer, Flirt (pink), Crush (mauve) and Buff (nude) is simply the best lip balm I've come across. At £14.00 it is more expensive, but has an SPF 15 and packed with antioxidants, moisturising oils and a lovely light citrus smell. Protect your lips with this great product.
  • Bathe in bath oil and use organic shower and bath gels with no harsh chemicals that dry out the skin. Both Neal's Yard and Pinks Boutique have a great range of natural scrubs, gels and lotions to make your bathroom smell divine. My favourite? Neal's Yard Citrus Shower Gel, Pinks Boutique Sweet Orange and Nerol Scrub, finished off with Environ Vitamin A Body Oil. Then I'm good enough to eat 😉

Monday, 28 November 2016

Naturally beautiful Christmas gifts

With increasing numbers of us looking to use more natural products on our skin, here at Ginger Tree we have Christmas covered.

In the pink

 Pinks Boutique may be a fairly new kid on the beauty block, but their natural and organic skin care and beauty products are already winning national awards. With a range that literally spans head to toes, you will find a product to suit all ages and skin types.

Among our favourites is the Lemongrass Body Balm - a fabulous fruity combination of lemongrass and mandarin, this rich shea butter balm made from organic ingredients, will smooth and rehydrate skin.

Oils are very on trend, and Pinks Boutique Rose & Jojoba Face and Body Oil won’t disappoint. A deeply nourishing, calming, soothing anti ageing oil, it is suitable for sensitive and dry skins.

Ideal for stocking fillers or table gifts are small gift bags of some of Pinks Boutique’s best-selling products, including cuticle oil and anti aging serum.

Nail it!

Increasing numbers of us are concerned about the “nasties” in traditional nail polishes. Thankfully SpaRitual allows you to have fabulous nails that are good for you and good for the planet. Their nail laquers are vegan and free of DBP, toluene, camphor, formaldehyde and formaldehyde resin. And there is no compromise on either quality or colour ranges. Everyone loves red nails at Christmas - our festive favourite is SpaRituals “Brazen”.

Natural beauty product legends

British brand Neal's Yard Remedies has been selling its organic natural health and beauty products since 1981. The brand is synonymous with quality, ethically produced products that range from essential oils through baby powder to shower gels and scented soaps. With products very keenly priced, Neal’s Yard Remedies make ideal stocking fillers, Secret Santa gifts, or why not make up a beauty box of goodies in the brand’s signature blue packaging?

Pucker up!

Jane Iredale is renowned globally for producing natural mineral based makeup products that are kind on your skin, and kind on the environment. The brand has brought out some new lines especially for Christmas, including our favourite Champagne on Ice lip gloss set – ideal for puckering up under the mistletoe!